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Deberg_1990 09:15 AM 12-28-2020
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From the KC Star's Trey Williams. Police break up fights involving hundreds of teens at Independence mall https://t.co/i9b6NlJaB4

— Joyce Smith (@JoyceKC) December 28, 2020



Independence police called on parents Saturday evening to pick up their kids from Independence Center after multiple large disturbances and fights broke out causing the mall to close early, police said.

In a post on the department’s Facebook page, Independence police said, “If you left a child (under 18) at the Independence Center, come get them now. This is at the request of mall management.”

According to Independence police public information officer John Syme, multiple disturbances and fights involving several hundred teens occurred around 5:30 p.m. The incidents forced mall security to close the mall early, around 6:30 p.m.

Ten individuals were arrested and cited for disorderly conduct, endangering the welfare of a minor, interfering with police, assault on a law enforcement officer, and false information, Syme said in an email.

Six of those were adults and four were juveniles. Four of the adults were parents or grandparents of some of the juveniles who were charged.

Multiple agencies were involved, including the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit and Kansas City Police Departments, Syme said.

Independence police have previously said they have experienced issues with minors causing disturbances at restaurants, businesses and entertainment venues at Independence Center.

Police, along with mall management and local groups, instituted a 9 p.m. curfew for minors, which began Nov. 26.

The curfew is every night and ends at 6 a.m. in the area between 40 Highway on the south, 39th Street on the north, Little Blue Parkway to the east and M291 Highway to the west.

The city said that the curfew is strictly enforced, and that parents of unaccompanied juveniles will be issued citations.

Independence city officials said when announcing the curfew that an uptick in incidents this year prompted the curfew.

“We have had incidents at various businesses, restaurants, entertainment venues, shopping areas and parking lots throughout the region,” Independence Police Chief Brad Halsey said in a news release in November. “In all of these incidents, minors have been causing disturbances, affecting the flow of traffic, and negatively impacting the experience of others visiting these venues. This has diverted police attention from other areas of the community requiring additional presence to protect the patrons and businesses in this area.”
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Bowser 10:13 AM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by Halfcan:
^ How would shots be fired with toy guns?

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displacedinMN 10:34 AM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by CoMoChief:
Dunno if this was a sarcastic comment or not lol...but Bannister has been gone for a looooooooong time.
Not sarcastic. I did not know that. It was a huge place.
First time I saw a Walmart that big.

What else is there now?

I have not lived in KC since 1995
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Dartgod 10:41 AM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by displacedinMN:
Not sarcastic. I did not know that. It was a huge place.
First time I saw a Walmart that big.

What else is there now?

I have not lived in KC since 1995
The mall is just gone. Empty field is all. The surrounding area where the Walmart and other strip mall stores was is now a Cerner campus.
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gblowfish 10:42 AM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by displacedinMN:
Not sarcastic. I did not know that. It was a huge place.
First time I saw a Walmart that big.

What else is there now?

I have not lived in KC since 1995
It's now a huge office complex for Cerner Corp. The mall was razed years ago. The land was originally a horse riding ranch called Benjamin Stables. Warpaint was stabled there in the 1960 snd 1970s.
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Mecca 10:42 AM 01-13-2021
Its weird as hell, I go to Independence Center frequently, it's not in a bad area so I don't really get what's going on.
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displacedinMN 11:00 AM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by gblowfish:
It's now a huge office complex for Cerner Corp. The mall was razed years ago. The land was originally a horse riding ranch called Benjamin Stables. Warpaint was stabled there in the 1960 snd 1970s.
tearing down and vacating a walmart is not an easy task either
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Deberg_1990 11:45 AM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by Mecca:
Its weird as hell, I go to Independence Center frequently, it's not in a bad area so I don't really get what's going on.
It’s probably just a phase, but they have had incidents over the years.

Your right, it’s not a bad area so that will help keep it alive.

The city has a lot invested in that area, so I would imagine they would work hard to protect it.
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chinaski 12:32 PM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by displacedinMN:
Not sarcastic. I did not know that. It was a huge place.
First time I saw a Walmart that big.

What else is there now?

I have not lived in KC since 1995

Wasn't that Walmart called Hypermart or something like that? I remember that place being huge, but didn't frequent that area too much.
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Bugeater 12:47 PM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by chinaski:
Wasn't that Walmart called Hypermart or something like that? I remember that place being huge, but didn't frequent that area too much.
Yeah it was, think it was one of the first ones with a grocery store and was a precursor to the Supercenters.
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displacedinMN 12:49 PM 01-13-2021
Topeka had a Hypermart too
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srvy 01:49 PM 01-13-2021
Originally Posted by displacedinMN:
Topeka had a Hypermart too
It was the first.

Walmart understood their mistake and couldn't wait to unload those Hyper properties. The scaled-back supercenters soon followed eliminating appliances and other things that weren't popular but kept the grocery.
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displacedinMN 02:57 PM 01-13-2021
Srvy... more good info. I did not know that either.
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alpha_omega 03:21 PM 01-13-2021
Apologies in advance for linking to KCTV5, but it was the only place that I could find a picture of Mr. Toy Gun Music Video Man.....




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